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that is tomorrow at 7:00 a.m., 4:00 a.m. on the west coast. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] a reminder, senator cory booker is running behind in selma, alabama. our live coverage begins as soon as the event begins. here >> we want to welcome for the very first time, hannah trudeau. she covers politics for the national journal. >> thank you for having me. >> bernie sanders officially in this race. there are 11 more expected to enter. to the his path to get democratic nomination? guest: his path is reclaiming that progressive base that he ginned up support of an 2016 and expanding that. the party has moved in this direction since the 2016 election. he is looking to capitalize on the support that he has and also expand his support and maybe
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people who did not follow the election as closely know that he is the true progressive candidate. he is the one who has held these views for as long as he has been in public office. host: the difference, he was the only candidate challenging hillary clinton. progressives,ther calmly harris, elizabeth warren, amy klobuchar, she said she gets results. circles he square that with his bid to run for the white house and yet face these challenges from many people who agree with the issues? guest: the challenge will be a little bit more intense for him this time because, like you said, he will face other democrats that call themselves progressives. one thing he has going for him is that existing base. he is ahead in most of the national polls. you can take those with a grain of salt. he has had more fundraising than other democrats.
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he has that existing base of progressive support. he will use that to his advantage to start. it is up to the other candidates to build their momentum the way he did in 2016. host: another governor and the race, jay inslee of washington state, what to see bring to the campaign, outside of the issue of climate change? guest: jay inslee is running as the climate change candidate. he is the only governor in the race. he represents this idea that governors are the best suited people with the executive experience to take on the current executive of the united states. he brings a unique sort of western, washington state perspective. he has delivered results time and time again for his constituents. i think running on climate change is how he sees his pathway moving portrait -- moving forward. host: the president spoke for more than two hours yesterday, the longest speech he has ever delivered. guest: i think looking at the
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democratic party and the candidates and the running right now, they are going to have to navigate a different sort of balance than they did and the last election. they will have to discuss president trump and acknowledge him and acknowledge how they will be different from him. they don't want to focus too much on him. they don't want to rely on, i am the anti-trump candidate. the need to differentiate themselves in a variety of ways and show voters what they stand for instead of addressing trump's latest tweet or speech. host: what was your overall assessment of michael cohen? he is back on capitol hill behind closed doors this week. what is the political impact for the president, the republicans and the democrats? guest: for the democrats, a lot of people are looking at, what is their response? we have not heard any of the main 2020 front runners calling for impeachment. a mega donor said he will
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support a candidate or multiple candidates who would support impeachment. but we saw early on during the testimony is some candidates, elizabeth warren, amy klobuchar, they were tweeting and commenting during the live testimony as it was happening. --mly harris, bernie sanders they were not commenting during the testimony. it is interesting to look at it from the democratic field, who chimed in early and who is taking more of a wait-and-see approach. they are what they are all waiting to call -- they are all waiting to call for impeachment. time, theng the same president was speaking for two hours at the conference in washington, d.c., senator bernie sanders returning to his roots, announcing his candidacy officially in brooklyn, new york. here is a portion of what the vermont senator told supporters.
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[video clip] >> we are in the white house. we will address not only the national disparity of wealth and income but the racial disparity. [applause] together to root out institutional racism wherever it exists. [applause] -- the cowardly it easiere will make for people to vote. [applause] >> when we are in the white house, we are going to protect a woman's right to control her own body. [applause] decision is a woman's decision. [applause] >> not the federal government,
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not the state government, not any government. [applause] host: he really did seem to touch on all the themes he spoke about it 2016 and he said he will have a stronger grassroots organization and told people we will with this time. guest: that is the key difference. he said on a recent appearance in the view when he was asked what he would do differently, the first thing he said is i will win this time. the rally you just showed a clip of, that was a reminiscent of a lot of his 2016 rallies and that means he is not branching out in terms of policies. he is sticking to his core policy platform. he is making some tweaks along the way. he is addressing his personal story and away we haven't seen. he is reaching out to minorities and away he was not successfully able to in 2016. he is making tweaks throughout the midterms and it is becoming
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evident in what we are seeing now. you -- forhose of those who want to follow you on twitter. joe biden making job offers in new hampshire. according to a source, telling you what? guest: sensed that tweet, multiple sources have come forward to me to say that joe biden has in fact -- it is not clear if he made informal offers or he throughout the idea, if i run, i would like you to work with me. that is sort of in the process of reporting. he has been reaching out to people in new hampshire and checking out potential hires for if he does front. host: do you think he will? guest: i think he will. i think it looks that way. host: from michigan, dave, good morning. caller: good morning. i just want to make a comment. i certainly ought be voting for mr. trump. i consider him a conman.
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the lies, i don't know how the american people can put up with the slanting of the truth and the lies, starting with the crowd size and the wall. going tortainly is not pay, no matter how any times he has chanted it. conservatives talk about obama, president obama was handed the worst economy in the history of exchange. record job closures, loss, record deficits. when trump came into office, he was handed a bubbly economy. not as bad as what people say. as far as the truth to the nation, i don't think -- i have never seen anything like it. i have been around sales my whole life. con man is a professional man.
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illegal voting and all this stuff. he science the truth. i think we are a better nation than that and we deserve more from our chief executive. host: thanks for the call. let's go to wally from a republican point of view from tennessee. good morning. your view on all of this? caller: good morning. i would vote for donald trump for a second term. two comments, a two part comment. they passed up a great opportunity to get some good legislation passed the first two years of trump's first term. they blew that with a bunch of us squabbling at what not. that is on them. the democrats, especially with a field of a 40 plus candidates and growing, they need to get those 40 candidates together and eat out attention seekers --
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weed out attention seekers. it is up to the voters. who they see as the best to take on trump and who has a platform to move that agenda forward. to the first gentleman's comment, a lot of democrats feel the same way about trump's relationship with the truth or lack thereof. it is on them to capitalize on that inability to convey things in the most accurate sense and target their messaging to the policy, sort of, factual prescriptions they bring forward. host: handed her to who is a graduate of boston university. cohen se hechard assesses the democratic party. his opinion piece is available
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at washington post. the president is a divisive, unpopular figure who can be defeated. impressions of socialism and endorsements of reparations -- racially fragmenting a nation that urgently needs unity. ,hey are both worn ideas nostalgia trips for the radicals. they have to come boxed and nicely wrapped. they are a gift to donald trump. it is at issue on where the democratic party is and talking about socialism. he is a democratic-socialist, which is what appeals his base and the party and where other candidates are moving toward. i think there is a lane for a more moderate candidate to emerge. , who is ay klobuchar
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minnesota senator. she is a standing in that lane alone. the big elephant in the room is a joe biden, who would quickly enter -- we talked about him making moves and new hampshire and other states, reportedly. as soon as he enters the race if he does indeed run, he will occupy more of that middle-of-the-road, middle ground lane for democrats who might feel uncomfortable with a democratic-socialist. host: there is a story about amy klobuchar in the star tribune. she said she will do better when it comes to treating her staff. we will try to pull it up here in a minute. let's go back to lynn in ohio. good morning. caller: good morning, how are you? host: fine, thank you. caller: i have a comment to make. cnn plus fox news. what i am upset about and i just
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do not get it, we have lost our moral compass in this country. totally. i don't understand right now, we have a new thing -- the election. now, we are going to fight socialism. it seems like every four years there is a new agenda. now it is socialism. i just wish we could get back to compass andoral doing what is right. thategrading of people president trump has chosen to do, i don't get it. host: thank you for the call. we will get a response. guest: what she was outlining, the first person who came to mind is senator cory booker. we talked about bernie sanders, talked about joe biden and amy klobuchar. cory booker is a front runner in the sense that he is a senator, he is a top-tier person in the
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democratic party. he is differentiating himself by running on a platform of taking the moral high ground in the age of the trumpet and station. where we see others -- in the age of the trump administration. booker, and icory would put joe biden in that category, as well, early tech an effort to address american values and the decency they hope to bring back to the country if elected. host: this a story from the star tribune. amy klobuchar admitting she had been hard on her staff and she vows to do better. she told the star tribune i am incredibly proud of the work my staff has done and i would not be here if i didn't have a great staff. i know i can push people too hard and i know i can do better and i will. does this and the issue?
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guest: i think that remains to be seen about where amy klobuchar will fall in terms of this reported conduct. addressing that she said she will do better is a step -- at least acknowledging that it could be a potential issue. it could come up in the debates, for example, i her primary opponent. it is something she is keeping in mind. i think it is a wise political strategy to at least acknowledge that she may have done some things wrong in the past and she wants to move forward. host: let's go to brian, joining us from pennsylvania on our republican line. good morning. caller: good morning. i am a conservative christian guy, i love trump. i think he is great. i just wanted to comment, as a christian, the democrats have gone so over the top with what
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how did with cavanaugh and -- what they did to discredit his personal life. along with michael:, his testimony -- along with michael cohen. to say those things about your commander-in-chief is so over the top. on the contrary, on the other site, you have a president who has results. there is hiring all over this area. it is amazing how me jobs we have, people are going back to work. the major things that are going on with world diplomacy. i had a family member die of a drug overdose. how could they not want to secure the borders for the simple fact of drugs? he is fighting to do what he believes in. what he ran on and why people like me voted for them. host: thank you for the call.
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guest: i think you have touched upon the democrats biggest challenge moving into 2020. i think the election for them is very far from done and dusted. it is going to be a steep hill whoeach enough of voters basically acknowledge people who feel the same way you do and then try to essentially went over some of those trump voters in the form of somebody like a joe biden, who could potentially run on a platform that could win over parts of the country that trump won. there are a lot of reasons for people who support trump to support him again, like you mentioned. to me, that isn't democrats biggest challenge moving forward. how most effectively put forward a nominee that can take over trump when there is substantial support for him? host: a question for you, personally. with a dozen candidates now in
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the race and growing, how is national journal keeping track of all this? the onlyam currently 2020 reporter at national journal. i am doing a full focus on the democratic party and i track it daily, twice daily for our newsletter, hotline, that his but not for many years. then i track it for what i think is not being covered enough. for us, it is more about going behind the scenes. we are not going to do the big rally story that may be a cnn or new york times will do, but we will take you behind the scenes, a little bit of a glimpse of something that has not been covered as much. a perfect example is at the other day we broke the news that bernie sanders is getting ready to release his tax returns part that is something -- that he confirmed it live during his cnn town hall -- it was a proud moment for us because verrilli pushed him to answer that question. -- we really pushed him to
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answer that question. host: his campaign also had a bit of a staff shakeup. the 26tho were part of campaign have parted ways. why? guest: i think he is pivoting to a different strategy. he is looking what worked well in 20 and what did not. he is pivoting and moving forward. andof his closest allies head of the resolution that was founded after his campaign, she is very much still with him. he has a senior communications people with him. they are doing a bit of a pivot in terms of tv against a digital strategy. host: if you are listening on c-span radio, we are talking about politics. larry is next in memphis, tennessee on the democrats line. good morning, larry. caller: good morning.
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how are you doing this morning? i am fine. i would never support donald trump or any republican because all republicans do is gift tax breaks to the rich and to spend money on the military. the money they spent on the military, they don't spend it on the soldiers are the dead. they spend it on contracts. i know soldiers on food stamps. they are not making enough money. there are a lot of people suffering. people can't live on these jobs paying nine dollars an hour. as far as a supporting a , i couldc candidate never support a moderate or conservative democrat. you might as well vote democrat. andke elizabeth warren bernie sanders. i could never support a moderate. host: thank you, larry. guest: one thing i will say that
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i think resonates with a lot of people, the living wage issue has come front and center since the 2016 campaign. -- democrats in the campaign and the running have adopted a $15 per hour, which platform. it is widely popular. the policy proposal that is out there. progressive candidates like elizabeth warren or like bernie sanders might have a harder time differentiating themselves on the key issue, which really speaks to the heart of their career in public service. elizabeth warren, the former consumer financial protection bureau with her history there, bernie sanders with his economic justice platform. while those have been core issues that speak to a lot of potential voters like yourself, i think we'll start to see more and more centrist democrats adopting that $15 minimum wage
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which was a few years ago considered a radical idea. host: it is another weekend of presidential politics. twoere live for the full hour speech for president trump there in the washington, d.c. area. also, coverage of bernie sanders, who eat -- who officially entered the race yesterday in brooklyn, new york. speakingory booker is on the anniversary of bloody sunday in selma, alabama. all of our coverage is on our website, you can track the events and our upcoming coverage. good morning from new jersey. caller: good morning. host: good morning. caller: i just wanted to say, and 2020, i am looking for a candidate who really takes a strong position on dirty money in politics. in 2016, i was let down by both
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parties print they both brought somebody who has a lot of conflicts with that kind of thing. onto the stage in 2020, i need to see a candidate who takes a strong position against that. i want to know, what is your opinion on the big money in politics? host: right before you get an answer from her, senator elizabeth warren will not hold any big fundraisers and not take pac money. does that make a difference in your mind? those: i think fundraisers make a big difference print i think publicly funded elections are something we should move toward. i think candidates -- you are looking at candidates like harris and booker who have taken money from big pharma. that is something voters should look at and be cognizant of. host: thank you for adding your voice to the conversation. you hit on probably the
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biggest touch point in the democratic party right now. it is a point of contention but it is a point of progress, as some people see it. one thing that is pretty universally accepted at this point among most candidates is their disavowing of corporate pac money. that might not go far enough for some people. that is a fairly significant step versus where they were in their senate campaigns in the past. due to in large part public outcry, the need for smaller donors. bernie sanders, as we mentioned earlier michelle, he has an advantage going in -- as we mentioned earlier, he has an advantage going in. he is not the only one competing for those donors. elizabeth warren has been frequenting parties, she has been asking for five dollars,
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$10, $20, rather than doing these big donor dinners print that will be a true test about whether other democrats will feel the need to go as far as she did or take a step back. jay inslee, the former washington governor, he had said i am not going to go as far as others had and i will still accept corporate pac donations. we are on a spectrum but it is definitely something most candidates are moving towards. host: from louisiana, richard, you are next, republican line. caller: good morning. i am voting for trump again. he is republican and the man is doing his job. you don't think the border needs a walk? come to louisiana and look at these roofers on these roofs. i can't even speak english. let me see their green cards. you don't see them. the state of the union address
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he gave was an embarrassment to the united states. these people just sat while our leader talk. .- leader talked what is the deal with america? this man is trying to do a job and he cannot do it without help. incentivere is a big for democrats this time around in 2020 to run on immigration or incorporate immigration reform into their platform. it, they areing at seeing how popular it is on the republican side and they are looking to figure out a way to reach enough people to pull over to their side and say president x,y, z. doing you will see a conflict between trump's rhetoric and trumps results to some people versus how democrats will view it as too extreme or inhumane, or ways
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that candidates and voters have felt on the left about it. i think that will be one of the core issues going into 2020 per -- 2020. the new york times has reference to beto o'rourke, who i guess is getting closer, is he? guest: we reported last month, i had spoken sources close to him that told me he knows there is a potential senate run would end up as well as his last senate run against ted cruz. obviously, he was not victorious. the wayong known that that it might not move in his favor in terms of a second stab at the senate. it looks like the presidency is the only viable path for him. he left his role in the house,
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he has traveled the country, he has done an unconventional you're up to a presidential run if that is what he is doing. he is kind of a wildcard right now in terms of how he might shake up the race. and: spurning a senate bid democrats -- harold in illinois, good morning from the democrats line. caller: good morning, c-span listeners. i would like to get your opinion on my democratic choices. first, i would like to say to all the republicans out there that are praising trump, he lies to you every day. he lies more than casey anthony light. thoseanthony brought people into her workplace before she admitted to it. she takes them to the workplace and then says all the workers are lying. thank god for casey anthony. you get off the hook, you are
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not the biggest liar anymore. for my democratic choices, i think maybe joe biden. we need a guy who can be apologetic and apologize for all the things that have happened over the last couple of years pretty if by any chance john kasich would come over to our side and run as a vice presidential candidate, to where we could maybe form a party in the middle, where it is not far left or far right, but somebody -- joe scarborough could come on board with the democrats. host: thanks for the call. of a joehave not heard biden-john kasich ticket floated yet. specifically,en he is someone a lot of democrats are saying they feel he is best to take on trump. i spoke a little bit earlier that he appeals to a lot of the white, working-class of voters who trump swept in 2016.
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in democrats mind who think he is the best, it is largely because of that reason. also, because of the nostalgia a lot of people feel for the obama presidency. who is best to take on trump depends on who you ask. i think a lot of women feel potentially a female candidate on thee best to take mantle where hillary clinton fell short last time. in terms of who is best to take on trump, it depends on who you ask and what perspective they have. host: she is a national politics reporter for national journal. c-spanrst appearance on and television, you did a great job. guest: thank you. host: will you come back again? guest: deftly. >> our road to the white house coverage will continue today as democratic presidential candidate senator cory booker of new jersey will deliver an address at the brown chapel ame church selma, alabama during the
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annual bridge crossing jubilate that remembers the bloody sunday civil rights march of 1965. senator booker one of several candidates attending the event. and senatorton sherrod brown of ohio will be in attendance. rights who sought voting lodged a march from summit to montgomery but were beaten by law enforcement officers on the edmund pettus bridge. backlash, known as bloody sunday, helped galvanize a support for the voting rights act of 1965. brown chapel ame church and selma served as the command center and a spiritual gathering for that selma movement for voting rights in 1965 and as the origin part for three major marches of the selma movement. this event will get underway wednesday. when it does, we will have live coverage.


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